Verizon Wireless has just announced that starting March 2nd, the $59.99 BroadBand Access data plan will not only be capped at 5 GB per month, but will now carry an an overage charge of $0.49 per MB. This is the third time Verizon has modified key terms of usage to their EV-DO data service.
The carrier previously had to change its promotion of BroadbandAccess service from “unlimited” to “unlimited*”, with a notation that the limit was 5 GB. While the limit has always been in-place internally, Verizon did not inform users about it until they had gone over the limit. Previously however, the only penalty for going over would be termination of service (without early termination fee).
Because the plan’s data usage is difficult to measure during a billing cycle, Verizon gave no mention of how mobile broadband card owners would be able to easily track usage. There is no indication that users will be notified when they are approaching the 5 GB limit.
Verizon today also announced a second data tier for mobile broadband cards; $39.99 for 50MB with an overage charge of $0.99 per MB. This matches their existing BroadbandAccess-only option for PDAs and Smartphones.
AT&T earlier this month matched Verizon’s 5 GB limit. However, they are not enforcing any overages, and like Sprint, have said they will work with customers that have gone over the limit repeatedly.